The Great Depression gave a new meaning to the word “despair,” especially for those who did not know where they would sleep or how their next meal would be supplied. In 1937, Dr. Paul Beacham, Attorney John Henry, and other local businessmen responded to the need by creating a soup kitchen and small mission in Greenville, South Carolina. This “Gospel Rescue Mission” evolved into what is known today as Miracle Hill Ministries, Incorporated. Today, the mission provides shelter for hundreds of people each year, including homeless men and families.
A small thrift store was established to raise operating funds. A milk truck, donated by a local dairy farm, was used to pick up donations. Today, Miracle Hill Thrift Operations includes store locations in Greenville, Pickens, and Spartanburg counties. Thrift Operations also play a vital role in providing work-training skills for the men and women enrolled in Miracle Hill’s recovery programs.
The mission purchased land in Pickens County to be used as a rehabilitation center for alcoholics. However, due to increasing demands to care for children who could no longer stay in their homes, the mission board established the land as Miracle Hill Children’s Home with the first building built completely by volunteer labor. The children’s home continues to serve children in need on campus as well as by providing licensed foster home placements.
Miracle Hill Overcomers Center moved from its original location at Greenville Rescue Mission, to its current location at the old monastery on Pleasantburg Drive in 2010. Overcomers is a seven-month, Christian recovery program that uses a Biblical adaptation of the 12-step recovery model for men suffering from life-dominating addictions.
Miracle Hill’s name developed from a miracle on “The Hill” at Miracle Hill Children’s Home situated at the foot of Table Rock. Volunteer construction workers prayed that the rain would hold off around their site – and it did – on what is now known as Miracle Hill. Today, Miracle Hill Ministries helps provide miracles to others by restoring hope to those who have often lost everything.